It is spring break in my world, which means having my kids home from school, entertaining family, having play dates with friends, organizing and generally getting stuff done…except maybe blogging.
It’s also a time for me to live life without the constraints of time, which I love, because I’m only a morning person when there’s something exciting to do, instead of making a quick breakfast before school, throwing lunches together (literally) and rushing out the door to catch the bus.
One of my favorite things to do is cook, and it’s definitely one of those things that becomes more enjoyable when you don’t have to watch the clock like a line cook. I also like to try something new, which I did yesterday.
Gougeres are like Cheese Puffs and they are made out of a Pate au Choux (Paht a Shoo) dough that you mix on the stove. There are many variations, but I’m going to include a recipe here, even though it isn’t the one I used. I know they will be great (no matter what you think of Ina Garten, she is a good cook and all of her recipes turn out delicious).
If you happen to have the cookbook, Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan, use her recipe, it’s the one I used. These were so good, even my kids kept asking for more of them.
I hope you try these soon because the Choux can be used to make other pastries like Eclairs and Profiteroles. Now that I’m not intimidated by the process of making this dough, I’m excited to try out these other items.
Try something new in your kitchen. It could become a family favorite!
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